Friday Fictioneers: Thanksgiving Far From Home


friday-fictioneersIt’s been an amazing week. On Monday I got a personal email from Arianna Huffington, offering to publish my story The Jerusalem Synagogue Attack: Let’s Talk Truth (which I shared here last week) on the Huffington Post. It was thrilling, to say the least! The story should come out in the next few days. I’ve been asked to share some more of my writing with them, and will be choosing appropriate stories in the weeks to come. I’m over the moon and so thankful– to Huffington Post and all the friends and fellow bloggers who have congratulated me and encouraged in writing. Then, this weekend my post: On My Father’s Birthday: A Letter To The Man Who Killed Him was Freshly Pressed! It was a total surprise– I didn’t even know, until the comments started flooding in! I could not have invented a week like this. Happy Thanksgiving all! Friday Fictioneers is a weekly flash fiction challenge, with a photo prompt. Check out our fearless leader, Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s blog, Addicted to Purple, to join the fun or read the other stories. Warning: It’s highly addictive!  Your feedback is always welcome.

© Randy Mazie

© Randy Mazie

Thanksgiving Far From Home (99 words)

As the drugs hit his veins, Joey felt a numbing warmth spread from his head down through his chest, to his arms and gut. The electric heat washed down through his sex, melting from there to his legs. His thoughts drifted through a gauzy haze. Images of his family, and Nina, his only love–before he’d betrayed them all for a hit. The needle slid from his hands, a fine thread of red running down his pale, velum flesh. Two other people lay nearby, their faces transformed… drifting and sailing on a sea of lost hopes and broken dreams.

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GIPY

GIPY

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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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68 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: Thanksgiving Far From Home

  1. Dear Dawn,

    Looks like I get to be first. 😉

    Before I comment on your story I want to say a hearty “Mazel tov!” on the Huffington Post invitation. That’s wonderful and well deserved. You’ve become one of my favorite writers. I’m thankful you joined Friday Fictioneers.

    “pale velum flesh” is quite an image. I believe you’ve captured the heart and withering soul of an addict. Sharp, stunning writing.

    Shalom and Hag Samayakh,

    Rochelle

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    • Thanks so much Rochelle. The feeling is entirely mutual; your stories are always a treat! I’m so glad you have kept this going for all of us; it’s something I look forward to each week! I’m so glad this story worked. Admittedly, this prompt was a lot harder form.

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  2. Sandra says:

    Congratulations! And a taut, terse little story reflected all too often these days. Well done on both scores.

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  4. Congrats on the Huff post piece, that is so awesome! But I read your Jerusalem post and believe it is deserved.
    This too is a great 100 words. So many adjectives I could feel the needle penetrate!

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  5. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Dawn,
    Congratulations! The Huffington Post – so awesome and so well deserved. And as always, such a well written story. I’m curious about what you saw in the prompt that took you down this road?
    Cathy

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    • Cathy,
      Thanks for your wonderful support; it means a lot. There was an emptiness to this photo, when I first saw it in a small format. Then I saw the Detour sign… that got me thinking about detours in life, and finally I realized that the form next to the bike looked like a homeless man. When I enlarged it, that seemed clearer… that’s when it all came together. On the holidays, I often think of all the people who no longer have a place to go. I’m dark that way. 😉 Happy Thanksgiving. xo

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  6. patti imhof says:

    dawn, i LOVE that your article (the one i was so impressed with!) is being picked-up by th Huffington Post! very cool! congratulations! xoxop

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  7. Mike Lince says:

    The beauty of your writing is that so much is implied both before and after the scene you described. All of my favorite fiction authors begin their novels as you have – in the middle, so that the reader is sucked in immediately. Well done.

    Congratulations on your Huff Post accomplishment. I hope it turns out to launch your blog and your popularity to new heights. I look forward to being one of the few hundred people who will be able to say, ‘I knew Dawn back when …’ Happy Thanksgiving! – Mike

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    • *snort* Thanks Mike, but while I’m truly over the moon… still pinching myself, it’s a flash in the pan. I will just keep blogging and hope that my work continues to be read. Hopefully all y’all will race over to HP and like my work… when it is finally up. That will make the flash a bit brighter. 😉 Happy Thanksgiving blog buddy!

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  8. Carrie Rubin says:

    Great news about Huffington Post. Congrats!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  9. Big Congrats on the HP piece Dawn – very impressive and well deserved. That will put your stats through the roof for sure. ~James

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    • We’ll see, James. It’s exciting and nerve wracking as well. After I hit send, it occurred to me that general readership on HP will not be as kind as you all are. I suspect that piece will curry me some hate mail. :-/ Bracing myself.

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  10. Congratulations on your invite to the huffington post. Will have to keep an eye out. Story wise, this is a very good representation of an addict. Good story

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  11. Just read the synagogue piece, and terrific is all I can say. Good luck to your daughter, all the people of Israel, and folks at the hospice too. Happy Thanksgiving, Dawn.

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  12. Very well told Dawn, I was really drawn in to the character’s world. So much story in that brief snapshot of his life.
    Congratulations on the Huffington Post invitation – I’ll keep an eye out for your article

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    • Siobhan! It’s been ages… are you posting under another name, or have I just missed you? Great to see you here; thanks so much for stopping by! Thanks for the wonderful feedback and positive feedback.

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      • I haven’t been posting much lately. I had a lot of work on which was much needed financially but didn’t leave much time or creative energy. I’m now back to two days work a week which is more manageable. I enjoyed this week’s prompt, both in writing and reading. It’s nice to be back 🙂

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  13. Congrats on the HP! I hope you link to the post when they publish it. Your fans ( me) want to support you. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  14. pinkagendist says:

    The HP have approached me twice. The deal is they make money on what you do and allegedly you get ‘free publicity’. Fabulous business model.
    P.S. I’d be wary of the idea Arianna is personally vetting wordpress blogs.

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    • Thanks for looking out for me, Pink. Arianna is NOT personally vetting WP blogs. I met her in July, and she contacted me privately on Monday about this specific post I’d written. It was definitely from her, and very personal… that will remain private. That said, I was very honored and while I’m well aware that they don’t pay, the visibility is definitely great for any writer. I maintain ownership of my writing and can send it anywhere else I want. Thanks again for having my back.

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  15. Haunting. How the heck do you do that? Congrats on being published on HP!

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  16. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Dawn,

    I am not in a reading mood so I have been cherry picking, going to the good writers and dropping in. Your story is a cut above and carries us away from the scene in body bags. Very good description of the trip and the hopelessness that needing it and procuring it engenders. Outstanding work.

    Congratulations for the interest from Huff Post. I’ll keep an eye out for your contributions.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • Doug, this means a lot to me; thanks. You’re generally better than I; I rarely can get to all of the stories, but try hard to read anyone who has taken the time to read mine. I also have some favorites– I always visit yours because I know it will make me think, and will be well written. I’m honored that I got to be one of your cherries… ur, um, picks. Either way, it made my day. Mahalo! Dawn

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  17. Powerful story, especially with the final sentence. Well done with the Huff Post!

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  18. Dawn, Congratulations on becoming a writer for the Huffington Post! Your post on the attack in Jerusalem was a great piece. This piece on the addict was also great, especially the description. I hope all good things for you and your writing in the future. Best of everything. 🙂 — Susan

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  19. draliman says:

    Great story, dark, tragic and true to life. I loved the imagery of the “sea of lost hopes and broken dreams”. Very powerful.

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  20. First I will once again congratulate you.. I know we talked about being a writer when we met this summer.. and this is terrific news.. I think this is one of your most poetic pieces you have ever written.. and I think writing about dark matters in the most poetic voice is something that works so well..

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    • Thanks SO much Björn! It is terrific news; I’m really excited… I’ll feel even more excited when the story is finally up! As for this piece, I’m really honored that you like it and see it as poetic. You are the poet, so that compliment means a lot! Thanks.

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  21. wmqcolby says:

    Eerily vivid and realistic story. You put me there and I experienced it. Five gold Magen Davids!
    Also congratulations on your Huffington Post invite. You are ROCK STAR! Of course, I always knew that, haven’t I? 😉 You’re one of my regular authors who I read. Really!

    Speaking of which, I read the synagogue piece and I must say my sympathies are with you. My trip wasn’t that long ago and and I left on the 22nd just in time to miss the shooting that killed the baby girl of the American couple. SO heartbreaking. Yet, you must have faith that God will protect your daughter and she will be fine. Rochelle and I are praying for her and YOU! Did you know that? be at peace. 🙂

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  22. Margaret says:

    Your story captures the loneliness and regret of the addict. Great images.

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  23. sailing on a sea of lost hopes and broken dreams

    I believe this line captures WHAT he is feeling and WHERE his life is going… Well done.

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  24. plaridel says:

    the depth of your imagery is truly outstanding.

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  25. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Dawn, WOW – I actually know someone who has a piece being published in the Huffington Post! Congratulations and I did read your Jerusalem piece and hope your daughter is still doing fine. Dawn, I think you are one of the first people I talked to on FFF a year ago and you made me feel so welcome, for that I am truly grateful. You deserve it all and have so much talent that I am glad you share it with the world! You are a true author! Love it. Oh, and I love this story too. Addicts are too many and too few seek help. Have a good week! Nan 🙂

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  26. Jan Brown says:

    Congratulations on your publication in the Huffington Post! Sounds like the beginning of a fruitful relationship.

    Your story was powerful in its description of addiction and the addicted. Very sad but well told, as your stories always are.

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  27. hafong says:

    Congratulation on everything! I’ve stopped and spread some fairy dust also. Your story resonates with me. I’m a retired nurse who has experienced many people in those circumstances.

    Lily

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  28. Congratulations on being published in the Huffington Post =). I am sorry about your dad losing his life to a drunk driver. In a time of healing, listening to music soothes the pain away slowly.

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  29. rgayer55 says:

    Congrats on the publishing credits. That’s huge, and hopefully only the start. I’m very happy for you! Great writing this week. It’s sad how addiction can take over someone’s life. I especially loved the graphic line, “pale, velum flesh.”

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    • Russell, thanks so much! Actually, Huff Post picked up another piece today, and that same story was Freshly Pressed on Saturday. To say that my comments box has been exploding would be a GROSS understatement. The first piece on HP has gotten HUNDREDS of hateful comments, and I’ve been very busy trying not ot take it personally. 😉 Thank goodness for my FF buds! So sorry I’ve been so lame about reading this week! xo

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  30. storydivamg says:

    Concerning this story–sad and vivid.

    Concerning Huffington Post–congratulations!

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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  31. storydivamg says:

    As to those nasty comments–just don’t read them. I know it’s tempting, but just stay out of the fray. I’m sorry that people have to be so ugly.

    <>
    MG

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